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Lindale firefighter honored with Star of Texas Award

Lindale firefighter honored with Star of Texas Award
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POSTED: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 10:44am

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 10:45am

An East Texas firefighter, along with more than 30 others, was presented with the Star of Texas Award Wednesday in Austin.

The Star of Texas Awards honors peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical first responders who have been seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. A Lindale firefighter, Barney "Joe" Yeakley, was one of the brave responders given the award.

Yeakley was critically injured during an early morning house fire on January 17, 2014. Authorities said he suffered major burns to his hands and face. The firefighter has been a volunteer with the Lindale Fire Department for 14 years.

"For a decade now, we set aside time every year to honor some of our state's best and bravest," Gov. Perry said. "These individuals placed their lives on the line to fight back raging fires, rush badly-injured Texans to the hospital for life-saving care, or take the most dangerous felons off the streets. They're heroes because they understand the risks involved in their jobs, and they know there's nothing routine about any fire or any traffic stop."

This year marks the 11th anniversary of the legislation creating the Star of Texas Award, which was established to honor and commemorate the bravery and selflessness of Texas' first responders. In 2007, the award was expanded to include federal law enforcement officers or special agents seriously injured or killed while performing duties that assisted a state or local law enforcement agency in Texas. In 2013, Senate Bill 877 established the Citizens' Star of Texas Award to recognize citizens who were seriously injured or killed while assisting first responders. Three advisory committees are appointed by the governor to review award nominations each year to ensure they meet statutory criteria.

This year's award recipients are as follows:

EMERGENCY MEDICAL FIRST RESPONDERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
Raymond Allison, Sterling County EMS

FIRE FIGHTERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
William Tanksley, Dallas Fire-Rescue

PEACE OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
Clay Crabb, Austin Police Department
Adam Davis, Bell County Sheriff's Department
Jason Norling, Harris County Constable's Office
Charles Dinwiddie, Killeen Police Department
Robert Hornsby, Killeen Police Department
Robert Deckard, San Antonio Police Department
Marc Kelley, Trinity University Police Department
Billy Kennedy, Upton County Sheriff's Office

FIRE FIGHTERS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
Rafael Navarrette, El Paso Fire Department
Robert "Robby" Payne, West Fire Department
Barney "Joe" Yeakley, Lindale Fire Department

PEACE OFFICERS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
Charles Lodatto, Arlington Police Department
Candice Rodriguez, Bexar County Sheriff's Office
James Kelemen, Conroe Police Department
Amador Gonzalez, Corpus Christi Police Department
Michael Goodman, Corpus Christi Police Department
Joshua Burns, Dallas Police Department
Josh Godi, Denton County Sherriff's Office
Richard Lambing, Fort Worth Police Department
Bradley Durst, Fredericksburg Police Department
Juan Obregon, Killeen Police Department
Odis Denton, Killeen Police Department
John Spillman, McLennan County Sheriff's Office
Ann Carrizales, Stafford Police Department
Leslie Claunch, Stafford Police Department
James Bennett, Temple Police Department
Allen Lanier, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
Roberto Charles, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
Larry Vaughan, Texas Department of Public Safety
Christian Vicuna, Texas Department of Public Safety  

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